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90. ‘Ohelo

Scientific name: Vacciniumn recticulatum

Hawaiian Name: —

Classification: Kingdom: Plantae. Phylum: Dicotyledonae. Family: Ericaeae.

Origin: Endemic.

Status: Common.

Distribution: All main Hawaiian Islands except Lana‘i, Ni‘ihau, and Kaho‘olawe.

Map: —

‘Ohelo berry pie is something you can only get in Hawai‘i! This plant is found on most of the main Hawaiian islands and is a pioneer on lava flows. When hiking in the hot, dry Ka‘u desert, it is a delight to come across these plants full of ripe berries to snack on. But remember to offer some to the goddess Pele first! 

   Photo © William P. Mull